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Visitation Statistics

Yellowstone hosts more than 3 million visits each year. Most of these visits happen between the months of May and September, but people do come to the park year-round. Whether you are a crowd-lover or a solitude-seeker, the table below will help you see how busy the park is each month of the year.
Graph showing average visitation to Yellowstone per month from 1979-2012. Raw numbers are included in the table below.
Month Average # of Visit (1979-2012)
% of Average Annual Visit
January 28,584 1.01 %
February 36,036 1.28 %
March 20,014 0.71 %
April 27,139 0.96 %
May 198,780 7.06 %
June 516,577 18.36 %
July 758,790 26.97 %
August 673,768 23.95 %
September 391,648 13.92 %
October 128,303 4.56 %
November 12,815 0.45 %
December 20,029 0.71 %

Love numbers and want to see more? The Public Use Statistics Office based in Denver, Colorado has all kinds of numbers -- sliced and diced every which way -- related to visitation in Yellowstone and across the National Park Service.

Did You Know?

Seventh Cavalry Ensignia Pin.

Prior to the establishment of the National Park Service, the U.S. Army protected Yellowstone between 1886 and 1918. Fort Yellowstone was established at Mammoth Hot Springs for that purpose.